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The Gospel of the Lord

Are you building a relationship with God or just reading/listening to scripture without truly paying attention? It’s an interesting question for sure and one that only you can answer. I know that sometimes I am guilty of the latter especially at Mass if I am tired or overwhelmed or both … but I do plan to consciously change that in the coming months. Can I count on you to support me?

 


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When did we see you Lord???

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Just as God looks after the little children so will He look after us 🙂

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
Matthew 15:29-32 (NIV)

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At times it is obvious that we live in a society of very inconsiderate people.  There are neighbours who blast their music loudly from their stereo on Sunday afternoons while you are trying to rest, or totally block your gate with their car yet have an attitude when asked to move.  Or what about the people who go to parties and park all along the sidewalk, leaving pedestrians to fend for their lives by having to walk in the road?  I am sure you have never seen able-bodied shoppers park in spaces allocated for the disabled or elderly, and it may only be some of us who are affected by co-workers who meet their personal deadline on a team project but somehow forget to leave you with enough time to meet your own.  We hold our heads as executives go off and make decisions regarding our jobs without consulting us and think nothing of it when we have to work overtime to complete an assignment.  We fume quietly as minibus drivers hold up traffic to have long chit chats or stop their vehicles in the middle of the road to pick up or drop off passengers.  And let’s not forget the pedestrians who appear to literally jump out on to zebra crossings without allowing you enough time to apply your brakes. 

Then there are the little things: someone takes the last ice cube from the freezer and ‘forgets’ to refill the ice tray with water, or they replace the iced water container in the refrigerator with exactly one centimeter of water covering the bottom, or better yet leave two little peeny weeny kernels of corn in the salad dish to avoid washing up … sigh.  I have struggled with much of the above during my lifetime and admit that sometimes I grow really tired of thinking of others when it is so much easier to just not bother.

God reminds us however to go over to the book of Matthew where we can take a closer look at His son’s life.  There we see that Jesus always made the time to be considerate of others.  Even when He was tired or didn’t feel like it, He healed the sick or comforted the poor or simply let someone touch His robe so they could be healed.  He never fussed, never fretted, never even considered using some bad words on the disciples when they didn’t see how 4000 or 5000 people could be fed (or should be fed).  Did Jesus wait until He got to know these people personally before reaching out to them? Did He wait until He felt like helping before bothering to do so?  No!  He is always thinking about us and what He can do for us!  Hallelujah! 

So what is our plan?  Should we continue to think of others in the midst of our topsy-turvy lives where so many others are self-centred and blatantly so?  I can only speak for Gale but let’s see how much we can do for someone else this week … if only just because.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
‘Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)

Do you find it hard to be supportive, especially when someone is being totally unsupportive? Is it easy for you to acknowledge the homeless or those down on their luck? Can you reach out and touch someone deemed by society as untouchable? Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to share your thoughts!

Friendship quote_Oprah Winfrey


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How Could My Body Betray Me?

Because I do not want to ever forget this: it’s not who we are on the outside but who we are on the inside. I am Gale and I approve this message (LOL)! Pass it on to all of the awesome women in your life if you agree/approve 🙂

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“We are all different ages and sizes and that’s the beauty of it. We’re real women.”
~ Nicola Griffin, 56, 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model

Growing up, I wasn’t skinny but I wasn’t overly big. For many years while I was in my early twenties my weight was a constant 100 lbs. I exercised regularly, ran 5Ks and biked all over my neighbourhood so after putting on more than a few pounds while pregnant, you can bet I was super  happy to go back to my ‘ideal’ weight almost immediately after giving birth.

A new sedentary job with long hours saw me weighing in at 138 lbs. I was appalled! When did that happen?!! Out came a renewed interest in exercise but no matter what I did I couldn’t seem to get past 130 lbs.  I decided enough was enough. It was expensive but after changing jobs yet…

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Feeling old and tired? Me too.

No matter how old you are or may feel, remember: age is but a number and no matter how high your number may be, rest assured that God will give you enough strength and fortitude to overcome those tired old feelings … because He loves you THIS much 🙂


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Solitude is Golden

 

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Photos by Gale E, taken at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, USA

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“The writing gets done away from the keyboard and away from the studio in my head, in solitude. And then I come in and hopefully have something, then I wrestle with sounds and picture all day long. But the ideas usually come from a more obscure place, like a conversation with a director, a still somebody shows you, or whatever. “
~ Hans Zimmer

 

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There’s Power in the Pit

 

“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.  But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.  So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.  The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”
Genesis 39:20-23 (NIV)

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Do you have dreams? Can you see yourself in the future achieving what you want most?  And what are you doing now to prepare yourself for that special time when you arrive in your ‘kingdom of kingdoms’? I guess the real question here is: do you know how to be a reserve?

Let me explain by telling you about Jalon Samuel, an 18 year old race horse jockey who won the prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup here in Barbados in 2012.  Jalon’s victory was significant because in 2o11 he had won his race, was interviewed via the media and publicly congratulated on being a winner but later disqualified. How traumatic! In 2012 he was a reserve jockey up until the before race day on Saturday when suddenly another jockey withdrew. The timing was finally right and everything lined up perfectly; this was his chance to successfully (and without any doubt or drama) achieve his dream.

Jalon’s story is significant for two reasons. First of all, even though he might have been disappointed and dejected over his disqualification in 2011, he never gave up hope that one day he would indeed win this prestigious race.  Secondly, he never gave up preparing for his big day.  He just kept on riding and riding and then riding some more so that he would be ready.  He didn’t know if he would be a jockey on a champion horse in 2012 or 2013 or 2014 (after all, how could he predict the future without a crystal ball?) but it didn’t matter.  Jalon knew without a doubt that preparation while waiting was the key and he mapped out his life accordingly so that when the big day finally came he would be more than ready.

So now I ask: are you waiting for God to fulfill your biggest dreams, to give you that one defining moment in time that you have been waiting on forever?  While you wait are you like Joseph, who never stopped praying and believing that God would make a way for him, even when he was in prison and his situation looked so utterly hopeless?  Are you diligently doing what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done?  Are you really and truly ready to receive your breakthrough or promotion or financial blessing?

You might be in a prison right now. It could involve finances, health, career, child/relationship or even church prison. Whatever it is you feel as though you are locked behind thick bars of impenetrable steel. But what is more important: your prison or the God sitting right next to you in your prison tightly holding your hand?

Joseph’s life in Egypt was so fraught with never-ending drama that no-one would have blamed him for giving up on God but he didn’t and in the end he was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. He is also with you today, tomorrow and forever. Be ready to go from the pit to the palace … especially if you are still a reserve.

Have a great week!

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“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
Genesis 41:41-4 (NIV)

“In hard circumstances, we always have a choice. Most of the time it is easy to see what God would want us to choose. Joseph made Godly choices when he decided to be the best slave that he could be and when he didn’t kiss Potiphar’s wife (and the Bible says that she was very beautiful!). We have to remember that God has a plan. Sometimes our life gets a little harder for a while so that God’s plan could work. Hard times make us a better person, and the better person we are, the more God can use us. We should obey God and we have to trust God! Do you think God knows what he is doing? Me too!”
~ Jack Foster @  http://mrbiblehead.blogspot.com/2011/01/joseph-becomes-slave-gn-37-39.html

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